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Weird Science: Writing Scientific Fact into Poetry & Creative Nonfiction
August 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm$20
Scientific fact can shape and inform poems and CNF in many ways. In this workshop, Olson will review five functions of research and science in creative writing. Participants will write and read poems and CNF to learn how horseshoe crab blood, the honeybee thermal defense, leishmaniasis, and other remarkable, true things from the natural world can be woven into compelling and distinct poetry and prose.
Christina Olson is the author of the full-length poetry collections Terminal Human Velocity and Before I Came Home Naked, as well as the chapbooks Weird Science and Rook & The M.E.: A Law and Order-Inspired Narrative. Her most recent chapbook, The Last Mastodon, was a winner of the Rattle 2019 Chapbook Contest and will be published this December. Other poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in magazines including The Atlantic, The Normal School, Quarterly West, Passages North, Third Coast, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume Three. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University.